Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Cincinnati Bengals could draft Tom Savage to push Andy Dalton


Despite success in just making the playoffs, you can’t really say that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been all that revered as a top-notch quarterback in the AFC. That was no more evident than it was this past January when Dalton and the Bengals were blasted by the San Diego Chargers in their opening round playoff game, and the patience of the Bengals’ fans, as well as management, might be starting to wear thin.

With this, could the team be up to maybe drafting a young quarterback next month in the NFL Draft to give Dalton a little bit of extra incentive to improve and take the franchise to the next level?

According to NFL.com analyst Charles Davis, that could be an option, and the fast-riser himself, Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage, could be the target.

“I would think second round, you could really bring someone in, somebody like a Tom Savage from Pittsburgh,” Davis said on “Path to the Draft.” “They do need one more running back to help them fortify things and allow someone to throw it down the field to A.J. Green. Tom Savage has plenty of arm to do that.”

After some solid workouts and meetings, Savage has impressed the scouts and executives so much that he has vaulted himself into a second round projection, so the possibility is there for the Bengals to give Dalton that push–or really see what he’s made of by throwing some competition in front of him.

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